Report by Tariq Noor – Tarbiyyat Secretary, Merton Park Jamaat
Merton Park Tarbiyyat Day Report – Date 18th February, 2016
Merton Park –Third Tarbiyyat Day
Date of event: Thursday the 18th of February 2016
Venue: Scouts Hall, Morden
By the grace of Allah Merton Park held its third Tarbiyyat Day on Thursday the 18th of February 2016 at Scouts Hall in Morden which is at the back of Baitul Futuh mosque parking. The program was presided by the National Tarbiyyat Secretary, Nisar Orchard sahib.
Preparation for the seminar began about 2 weeks in advance including arranging the venue, dinner and most importantly informing and inviting the members of Merton Park Jamaat via WhatsApp and text messages and telephone calls.
The program began at about 18:30 with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Jahanzeb Khan sahib, followed by a brief introduction and welcome note by the Sadar Jamaat for Merton Park, Shahid Ur Rehman sahib. Nisar Orchard sahib then lead the proceedings for the day by presenting a very interactive, learning and motivating session aided by an illustrative Powerpoint presentation that was projected on both the men’s side and the women’s so that all members, irrespective of age or gender, could benefit from the session.
Main focus of the presentation through the seminar was on how to become righteous and servant of Allah. Nisar sahib reminded the members of Jamaat that there are 700 commandments in the Holy Quran, as mentioned by Hazrat Ameerul Momineen in his Friday sermon, which we need to abide by in order to become righteous and true servants of Allah. Of these 700 commandments Nisar sahib had selected four commandments to elaborate on the day including Prayers, Financial Sacrifice, Modesty & Purdah, and Obedience.
- Prayers – including the five daily obligatory prayers and nawafil and dua. Nisar sahib explained that men should come to the mosque for offering obligatory prayers especially for Fajar and Ishaa. Giving an example where men do gather together occasionally Nisar sahib mentioned that many people come to the mosque for offering Tahajjud prayers in congregation on the 1st of January and they come to offer obligatory prayers in the month of Ramadhan, but the number of worshippers in mosque goes considerably down immediately after.
- Financial Sacrifice – Nisar sahib elaborated the importance of financial sacrifice and the blessings of Allah associated with this act. He gave real life examples of the sacrifice made by members of Jamaat and the blessings they earned.
- Modesty and Purdah – Nisar sahib explained that Purdah is for men and women. He stressed that Huzrat Ameerul Momineen has defined minimum Islamic purdah for women including wearing a loose fitting outer garment, head scarf, draw their head coverings over their chest, face maybe uncovered but without makeup, modesty in dress with arms and legs covered. Nisar sahib explained that men should also observe purdah by wearing loose fitting modest outer garment, keep their eyes low and restrain their looks, and several other types of purdah.
- Obedience – Nisar sahib explained obedience to Allah, law of the land, Nizam-e-Jamaat.
Audience in the seminar comprised of members of the Merton Park Jamaat including Ansar, Khuddam, Atfaal, Lajna and Naasraat who were all encouraged to, and took part in, raising questions and providing answers to questions asked by Nisar sahib. The main session concluded with silent prayers that were led by Bashir Akhtar sahib.
After the presentation and the concluding silent prayers, dinner was served for all attendees. Finally the day concluded and Ishaa prayers were offered in Baitul Futuh mosque at 8:15 pm.
Alhamdolillah, the overall feedback from the members who attended the Tarbiyyat Day was positive; members enjoyed the whole session thoroughly and are looking forward to attending the next InshaAllah.
Overall about 91 members attended the session comprising of about 48 women and about 43 men.